Behind the scenes at Over the Wireless

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This limited edition sea monster print by Quarrelsome Yeti makes me want to listen to nothing but sea shanties

Due to the inevitable compromises necessary when you rent accomodation, I’ve not had a dedicated place to write since early 2012. That all changed when we bought our house in 2015, but decorating and setting up my study was somewhere towards the bottom of the DIY to do list, especially as we moved in only six months before the Apprentic was born and my focus was on getting the nursery and main rooms all decorated before she arrived. As a result, my study remained a beige graveyard for countless boxes and stacks of timber, and I continued to write magazine articles and blog posts on the sofa. Which is fine up to a point, but with the John Brown book progressing at a pace (and more on that next week) it really has become time that I sort out a proper workspace. So early this year I decanted the study and set about decorating. At first I was at a loss as to what the colour scheme should be – it is a smallish room so I wanted something light and vibrant, and I am deeply opposed to beige in all of it’s hideous varieties. Then Dr Moss made the excellent point that my woodwork, and writing, all stem from a love of music and passion for lutherie. So why not look to my favourite vintage guitar colours for inspiration? After that it was easy – three of the walls have been painted a vibrant sea foam green (the very best colour for Fender Jazzmasters) while the fourth wall, framing the window, is a deep teal not dissimilar to another classic colour used by Fender. Perfect.

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Breaking down the rough boards with the Skelton cross cut panel saw and staked saw benches

With the room decorated I need a desk. If I’m honest, I can’t resist the idea of building the desk at which I’m then going to write about building other things. So on Tuesday I took a trip out to Sykes Timber and collected a stack of maple which will be turned into the staked worktable from The Anarchist’s Design Book. As is becoming a re-occuring theme, the project started with breaking down the rough boards to length using my Skelton “Kenyon” style panel saw and the staked saw benches I built last year. Every time I use the Skelton saw I am blown away – it cuts like a chainsaw but has 18th century style and charm. Just wonderful.

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Rough stock acclimatising in the study

The boards are now lying in stick at the end of the study, and once I’ve finished The Policeman’s Boot Bench I’ll start building the desk in earnest. This is going to be a fun project, and not just because of the large octagonal legs. It will give me an opportunity to finally press the lathe into use, as well as some big sliding dovetailed battens, and an excuse to use half-blind dovetails on the drawer front. And of course, more octagonalisation. So a useful piece of furniture which contains lots of lessons and practice opportunities. That is pretty much my favourite sort of project at the moment. Stay tuned for more on this build later this year.

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